This week in Georgestown: April 2nd

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This week in Georgestown:

1. SPECIAL EVENT: Tea and Scrabble for a good cause.
2. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special Events.
a. Easter Week Family Fun Drop-Ins.
b. Learn to play 120s.
c. Nature Nook.
d. The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood.
e. Friday Night Jam.
Weekly Events.
a. Big fun for little people.
b. Family fun weekends.
c. Engaging evenings.
d. Coffee and culture.
3. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
4. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Mindfulness-based stress reduction.
b. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Workshop.
c. Iyengar yoga classes.
d. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
e. Better Breathing Choir.
f. Winter mindfulness and meditation classes.
5. Jane’s Walk.
6. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
7. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
Soapstone Carving
Yorabode Workshop: What to do with your empty abode.
8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
9. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. Meals Squared.
d. The Rooms Café.
i. Opening hours.
ii. Afternoon tea.
10. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
11. St. John’s E-updates.
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1. SPECIAL EVENT: Tea and Scrabble for a Good Cause. Saturday, April 14th from 2:00 until 4:30 p.m. The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

Organized by the Terra Nova Grandmothers and Grandothers this is a time to play scrabble, drink tea and coffee, eat delicious treats, and win prizes. Come as a team or find a partner there. Bring a board and a 4th edition dictionary; a few will be available. Help grandmothers in Africa raise their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. Proceeds will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Overflow parking available at the Basilica.

2. What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives.

Special Events.

a. Easter Week Family Fun Drop-Ins.

Fun with Treasure Maps. Tuesday, April 3rd. You will have tons of fun as you use brown paper and teabags to create a treasure map the whole family will enjoy. Map your own backyard and challenge your family and friends to find the hidden treasures!

Spring Flowers. Wednesday, April 4th. Hand-craft your own 3D spring flower or make an entire bouquet to take home! You will learn about the different parts of a flower, including leaves, petals, stamens, and stems.

Giant Squid. Thursday, April 5th. Make your own giant squid with great big googley-eyes. It’s a great way to find out how the real animal is put together — from tentacles to tail fin.

Fish Printing. Friday, April 6th. Come try the traditional printmaking technique of Gyotaku, using printing inks and model fish to make and take home your very own fine art catch.

b. Learn to play 120s. Wednesdays, March 28th, and April 25th.
Have you always wanted to learn how to play 120’s but have never had the chance? Join the Rooms’ enthusiastic volunteer instructors as they share their love of this iconic card game. Spaces are limited. Included with price of admission pre-registration recommended. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

c. Nature Nook. Thursday, April 5th, and Sunday, April 15th, 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
Do you have questions about our natural environment? Are you interested in getting hands-on with some real specimens? Visit the Nature NL volunteers to feel pelts, bones and feathers, and to ask your questions about our Province’s wild plants, animals and spaces. Offered in collaboration with Nature Newfoundland and Labrador.

d. The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood. Friday, April 6th, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 8th, at 2:00 p.m. Come to a special screening of the Newfoundland film classic “The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood.” Written, produced and directed by Michael Jones and Andy Jones, this film is both an epic struggle for an independent Newfoundland and a tall talke about one man’s precarious view of reality. Featuring an all-star cast, including Andy Jones, Greg Malone, Robert Joy, Mary Walsh, Tommy Sexton, and Cathy Jones. $10 (10% discount for Rooms members)

e. Friday Night Jam. Friday, April 13th, from 7:30 until 9:00 p.m.
Join Aaron Collis as he hosts The Rooms’ next Friday Night Jam Session. As a member of the local trad band The Dardanelles, he has performed on stages across Canada, the US, and as far afield as Scotland and Australia. Bring along your instrument to join in for some fun, or sit back and listen to some great traditional tunes. Included with the price of admission. Free to Rooms Members and musicians who perform. Please note: This is not an instructional programme. If you have questions about the type of instrument you will be bringing, please contact Angela Noseworthy at 757-8114.

Weekly events.

a. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly Tots Programme. Tuesday mornings until April 24th, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. Included with the price of admission.
Come to this programme designed for children aged 2-4 years. Itfeatures stories, songs, puppets, games and crafts for tots and their guardian. Afterward, head upstairs to The Rooms Café for a complimentary tea or coffee and a chance to visit with other adults.

b. Family Fun Weekends. Saturdays and Sundays, during opening hours.
Explore the new drop-in activity space. Here you will find scavenger hunts, games, and hands-on activities to do as a family that will enrich your visit to the Rooms Archives, Art Gallery, and Museum.

c. Engaging Evenings. Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Included with the price of admission.

April 4th: The Process of Prediction Panel Discussion. Join exhibiting artist Rhonda Pelley for a look at the deck of artful tarot cards she created to read the future of Newfoundland. Pelley will examine her tarot reading with MUN political science professor Amanda Bittner and professional astrologer Élodie St-Onge-Aubut in an engaging, quirky conversation connecting alternative methods of predictions for the future of our province.

April 11th: A Tale from Saint-Pierre and Miquelon: Archaeology at Anse à Bertrand. The importance of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon in the fisheries organization of Newfoundland and Labrador has often been overlooked by archaeologists. This past summer, a crew from Memorial University excavated the site of Anse à Bertrand, near the town of Saint-Pierre, for the first time. Learn about this interesting part of our history and what was found during the excavation.

d. Coffee and Culture. Thursdays, from 2:30 until 3:30. Lectures, films, presentations, and demonstrations. Free with admission.

April 5th: Growing Heritage Plants. Spring is just around the corner, and the Rooms is excited to be thinking about gardens. Join Todd Boland, Research Horticulturalist from the MUN Botanical Garden, as he shares some insight into some of the heritage plants found around Newfoundland and Labrador, where they came from, and how to grow them in your own garden.

April 12th: The Arts and Letters through the years. Since 1951, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has supported professional and emerging artist with the annual Arts & Letters Awards. These awards have the distinction of being the province’s oldest ongoing cultural programme. Come for a look back at the success of the programme, learn more about its history, and have a sneak peek at this year’s exhibited workds. Sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.

3. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre. Our neighbourhood theatre.

Frozen in Time. Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th, at 12 Noon and 4:00 p.m.

The Troubadour Experience: The Ultimate George Strait Tribute Show. Saturday, April 14th, at 7:30 p.m.

John Sheehan – Just Crazy Enough. Sunday, April 15th, at 8:00 p.m.

Broadway on the Rock: Theatre St.John’s 10th Anniversary Gala. Saturday, April 21st, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 579-4424 or e-mail theatreboxoffice@nf.aibn.com (mailto:theatreboxoffice@nf.aibn.com) Check out the complete line-up at georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=bca1ae386b&e=d57f2ba488

4. What’s on at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

a. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an 8-week course from Tuesdays, April 3rd until May 22nd, 7:30 until 9:00 p.m. (Free orientation session on Wednesday, March 21st, from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Through group and individual practices, discussions and presentations, participants learn a variety of formal and informal approaches for cultivating mindfulness. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=f6578317a5&e=d57f2ba488

b. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Workshop. Saturdays, April 28th and May 5th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
EFT is a powerful tool for helping release personal negative emotions and beliefs. These personal negative thoughts can keep you from moving forward in life and can also contribute to stress and disease. You will learn to clear out the emotions that bother you on a daily basis and create more peace in your life. In this 3-hour EFT workshop, you will be introduced to the concept of EFT. You will learn the tapping process for personal use and will practice the procedure in relation to a Personal Peace Process. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=43f5359ea0&e=d57f2ba488

c. Iyengar Yoga Classes.
 Facilitator: Genia Sussex, Certified Iyengar teacher. B.K.S. Iyengar’s method encourages correct body alignment and precise movement to develop flexibility, strength and relaxation in the body and focus, clarity and serenity in the mind. In class, yoga props are used to allow students to progress at their own pace. *Please bring your own mat. Contact Genia at 722-3239 for information and to register. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=3b3f58399b&e=d57f2ba488

d. T’ai Chi Chi and Chow Qigong.
i. T’ai Chi Chi is a series of 20 gentle movements designed to circulate and balance the flow of Chi, the natural universal energy within our body. The more freely it flows, the greater wellness and vitality we experience. It is yet another way to help yourself feel better on all levels, body, mind and spirit, using your own natural resources. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=d2a923de92&e=d57f2ba488
ii. Wisdom Healing Qigong (Chow Qigong) is a powerful integrated healing system that combines Western health practices and ancient traditional Chinese medicine in which body, mind and spirit are seen as one. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=8d077cd41a&e=d57f2ba488

For further information on tai chi or chow qigong, see www.taichichihnl.ca (georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=49c097e60a&e=d57f2ba488) or contact Sheila Leonard at sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca (mailto:sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca) or telephone 727-7863.

e. Better Breathing Choir. STARTING AGAIN ON MAY 23RD. Wednesdays, 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. The St. John’s Better Breathing Choir is a group for anyone living with a lung condition or breathing difficulties to sing together with family and friends in a relaxed environment. Parking close to building. No registration needed. No need to read music. No cost. Breathing exercises in a fun environment. Presentations by guest speakers. For more information contact Jane Gosine or Kalen Thomson by e-mail at betterbreathingchoir@gmail.com or by telephone at 864-2114. Visit their webpage at htttps://betterbreathingchoir.wordpress.com

f. Winter mindfulness and meditation classes. Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
These classes feature instruction and guidance in mindfulness-awareness meditation, group practice, and talks on a variety of topics. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=b6c3db7ed6&e=d57f2ba488

5. Jane’s Walk. Friday, May 4th; Saturday, May 5th; and Sunday, May 6th. Various times.
A Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that get people out on the streets to discover unseen, under celebrated and unique stories about their city. The free walking tours are held on the first weekend of May each year all around the world, including St. John’s, and are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=3d9eb15ada&e=d57f2ba488

6. Join a committee; Georgestown needs you! We are looking for neighbourhood residents to join our three committees: advocacy, community building, and communications (newsletter and other social media). If you are interested in joining one of these committees or would like more information on them, please write to us at georgestownneighbourhood@gmail.com.

7. St. John’s Tool Library. (151 Empire Avenue)
Whether you’re a veteran DIYer or thinking about getting started on your very first project, the St. John’s Tool Library is here to help. They are a non-profit tool lending service for people who want to create, make, build, and grow. Your membership gives you access to a broad inventory of equipment, from lawn mowers to power drills, from stud finders to table saws, from gardening shovels to soldering irons – they’ve got you covered. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=7ca2d00272&e=d57f2ba488.

a. Hours.
Tuesday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. ; Wednesday: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ; Thursday: 2:00 – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

b. Workshops.

Saturday, April 14th, 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.: Soapstone Carving.
Spend the afternoon with Inuk artist, Angus Andersen as he guides you through the craft of soapstone carving. Then, put your new skills to practice and carve your very own soapstone pendant, figurine, or other small carving. $25

Wednesday, April 25th, 6:45 until 8:45 p.m.: Yorabode Workshop – What to do with your empty abode
We’ve all heard the doom and gloom about the economy in St. John’s, which can be cause for nerves for homeowners who are thinking of leaving town or who have an income property that is sitting empty. Three different options are sell it, rent it out or open it up to travellers for short-term stays. Experts will be on hand for each of these choices to give a pros-and-cons rundown and outline the factors to consider when making this big decision. Then, snacks will be served, and each presenter will be available for a one-on-one discussion to help you examine your unique situation. By the time you leave, you’ll have the resources and information you need to confidently know what to do with your home. Your ticket purchase includes a beer, wine or non-alcoholic cocktail. After the workshop is over, you’ll be sent a guide by email outlining the material covered in the workshop. This event is part of the Yorabode Homeowner’s Workshop Series, which is designed to be a fun night
out that is educational and connects homeowners with expert advice and helpful resources. Stay tuned for the next workshop about owning an old home.

8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
Ordinary Spokes is a community bike co-op located in Georgestown at 151 Empire Ave. They are a collectively run, D.I.Y. organization with a mandate to increase access to affordable transportation for everyone. They have a shop space fully stocked with new and used parts for do-it-yourself repairs as well as a wide selection of refurbished bikes for sale. They are an LGBTQ2S+ friendly space and are open every Thursday from 5:30 until 8:30p.m. For inquiries, drop by during open hours or contact them on Facebook: /ordinaryspokes, instagram: @ordinaryspokes, or email: ordinaryspokes@gmail.com

9. Eating in Georgestown.

a. The Georgestown Cafe and Bookshelf (georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=d2c00b281e&e=d57f2ba488) are open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. 73 Hayward Avenue, 709-579-7134.

b. The Georgestown Bakery is open from Tuesday until Friday, from 7:00 until 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 7:00 until 3:00. Bagels, baguettes, breads of many varieties as well as sweets! 60 Hayward Avenue, 753-8099.

c. The Hungry Heart Cafe (georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=e1a72a2c51&e=d57f2ba488) . 142 Military Road, 738-6164.

i. Meals Squared. Give exponentially more.
When you dine at the Hungry Heart Café, you will have the option to add $2 to your bill. This money will go directly toward the production of a well-balanced, delicious meal for a Stella’s Circle participant. Hunger is often a challenge for many of the participants, and the Hungry Heart would like to leverage their skills and infrastructure to help address this issue. Learn more: You can help feed someone in need with only $2 (georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=52e9c4ebd8&e=d57f2ba488)

d. The Rooms Café. 9 Bonaventure Avenue.
SPECIAL NOTE: The Rooms Café is now open on Friday evenings.
i. Opening hours. Monday CLOSED; Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm; Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm; Thursday 10 am – 5 pm; Friday 10 am – 10 pm (Archives close at 5); Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; and Sunday Noon – 5 pm (Archives closed)
ii. Afternoon Tea. Every Wednesday afternoons between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Stop by for a fine selection of fine teas, sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, pastries, and sweets.

10. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market. April 7th and 21st, May 5th and 19th, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Chalet, enter at intersection of Bonaventure & Mayor Avenues.
The vendors sell a wide variety of goods, including vegetables, meat, hot and cold prepared food, preserves and jams, pastries and sweets, breakfast items, art, jewelry, body care products, craft sand more. Plus everything at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market is made, baked or grown in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=45428b1d73&e=d57f2ba488

11. St. John’s E-Updates.

You live in Georgestown and haven’t signed up for the City’s e-mail updates yet? What are you waiting for? Have information from the City of St. John’s sent directly to your e-mail address. Simply select which types of information you would like to receive and enter your e-mail address to subscribe: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=0218cb1703&e=d57f2ba488
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